MisoResearchAtOSU208 karma2022-11-21 17:16:22 UTC
This is a common experience, but interestingly one that I absolutely do not share. Some people report not feeling triggered by animals or babies, because "they don't know any better!" Whereas you can tell your wife about misophonia and their chip-eating might feel like a betrayal or intentional annoyance, your dog can't internalize that it bothers you. I think this experience helps to demonstrate that there's a social/contextual component to the condition, rather than just a pure auditory aversion.
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MisoResearchAtOSU198 karma2022-11-21 16:59:54 UTC
MisoResearchAtOSU141 karma2022-11-21 16:25:30 UTC
This is a great question, but unfortunately the jury is still out. I think that's partially because up until recently, there hasn't been a solid consensus on how to define or assess misophonia, so its relationship with other disorders might look different depending on how you conceptualize what misophonia is.
Recently though, this work has come out demonstrating that about 35% of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder also met criteria for "clinically significant misophonia" using a newly proposed diagnostic scale. I hope to see more validation/replication of this in the future.
MisoResearchAtOSU111 karma2022-11-21 16:20:18 UTC
This made me giggle, but I also fully understand the seriousness of this question.
I don't think this is uncommon. Voices and/or specific speech patterns (e.g., /s/, /k/, /t/ sounds, etc.) are often triggers for people. And misophonia triggers often feel worse when done by "close others" -- your mom, sister, roommate, etc. -- often people you can't immediately escape or whom you have to interact with frequently.
MisoResearchAtOSU110 karma2022-11-21 17:03:58 UTC
I honestly have no idea. I actually use that exact point when I give talks on misophonia -- like sure, loud/rough sounds like nails on a chalkboard or screaming could have evolutionary benefits, but why am I bothered by these other particular sounds?! Maybe the lack of direct evolutionary benefit could be what distinguishes misophonic triggers from other sound sensitivities? Idk. But I think about this a lot.
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